Intercultural Centre

Engage with the diversity of your campus and community through activities, events, and volunteer opportunities.

Fostering inclusion and meaningful connections

The Intercultural Centre (IC) provides opportunities for all learners to take part in events, activities and workshops that foster respect, inclusion, creativity, teamwork and resilience, as part of Bow Valley College’s “Open Doors – Open Minds” strategy.

Visit us in room N322 of North Campus or reach out to us at


Intercultural Competence

We offer programming to support you in developing introductory skills in intercultural competence. Our events, activities and workshops focus on building self-awareness, learning new perspectives, and engaging with diversity. 

Engaged Citizenship

Get involved at your campus and in your community! Whether it’s learning something new about your community through one of our presentations, or volunteering in the community, we provide opportunities for you to develop new skills, and have meaningful interactions.

Global Mindset

The Intercultural Centre’s programming encourages the College community to see itself as part of an interconnected world. Through our events, activities and workshops, we strive to develop thinking that is truly global.


Join the ICan Crew

If you’re looking for opportunities to volunteer, meet new people, learn new skills, and gain new perspectives, join the ICan Crew!

To get involved:

Click here to join!

Second Chances Free Store - Now open!

Come visit our Second Chances Free Store at the Intercultural Centre!  Please bring your own bags as well will not be providing any.

If you would like to donate some pre-loved items, please see our list below for what items we will accept and what we will not.  If an item is larger than a bag or would be difficult for someone to carry on transit, we will not accept the item.  If you are unsure or have any questions, please feel free to email for more information.  

We request that donations be clean and in good condition.  


  • Reusable bags
  • Clothing items (shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, clean bras, etc.)
  • Houseware (mugs, plates, cups, etc.)
  • Accessories (no hair accessories, hats, or earrings)
  • School Supplies (empty binders, pens, etc.)
  • Bags, purses, backpacks
  • Umbrellas


Not Accepted:

  • Undergarments (socks, underwear)
  • Bathing Suits
  • Shoes
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Bedding, blankets
  • Hats
  • Hair Accessories
  • Toiletries
  • anything that would be difficult to take on transit or walk with. 

Upcoming in the IC

Queer First Friday presents: Gender and Sexual Diversity 101 Workshop (Part Two)

This is Part Twoof the workshop facilitated by Melia Wyle (they/them) from the Centre for Sexuality. This interactive discussion will help participants understand the vast spectrum of Gender and Sexuality Diversity. We will also discuss and provide tools on how to practice active allyship to the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.Join this one-hour session on 2SLGBTQIA+ terms and definitions, sexuality fluidity, allyship and more. You do not have to have attended part one to join this workshop. This workshop is open to everyone. 

When: Friday, April 14 @ 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where:Intercultural Centre N322 (3rd Floor North Campus) or virtually on MS Teams (link available via registration)

Facilitator: Melia Wylie (they/them)

In-person space is limited, so please register your attendance by Wednesday, April 12, 2023.

Register for in-person or virtual attendance here.

That's My Jam! - Monday, April 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Drop in for some live music!  You can sing, play, or just enjoy the music!  Click here to request a song. 

No need to register!  Just drop in at the Intercultural Centre (N322).


Second Chances Free Store Grand Opening & Project Free Store Runway Event! - Thursday, April 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

We are happy to announce the grand opening of our Free Store in the Intercultural Centre!  To celebrate, we are hosting a Project Free Store Runway event.  In teams of 2-5 members, create a re-designed look with items from our free store for a chance to win some prizes!! Register your team by clicking here.  Final details will be emailed to you.  





8 That's My Jam!

Join us for some live music!  You can sing along, play along, or just enjoy the tunes!  Click here to request a song.  

8 - 19  2SLGBTQ+ Allyship & Advocacy

Explore tools and skills to challenge discrimination against 2SLGBTQ+ communities including homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia.

23 - 31  Taste of Home: Asian Heritage Month

When migrating to a new world, it is difficult to balance learning a new way of life while preserving the old.  Culture shock is jarring, but many find comfort in cuisines from their home country.  Join us in learning about the amazing feats that Asians overcame while immigrating to Canada, and see some traditional cuisines and recipes that brought them a little taste of home.  

5 Protecting Birds in Calgary

Join the IC with the Office of Sustainability to learn more about protecting birds in Calgary to celebrate World Environment Day!  A representative from the Calgary Urban Species Response Team will give a presentation.  

5 - 16 Pride Month:  Immersive Flag Installation

We invite you to drop by the IC and join in creating an immersive pride flag!  We will have coloured paper that you can write positive messages, draw a picture, or write what makes you proud, and then post it on our flag.   It is a great way to be a part of the community and share some happy thoughts!

20 That's My Jam!

Join us for some live music!  You can sing along, play along, or just enjoy the tunes!  Click here to request a song.  

19 - 30 Indigenous Peoples Day:  Stories Passed Down

First Nations Peoples remember their origins through oral histories passed down by elders in each generation.  The narratives describe the creation of the world, how we all fit together, and how we should behave.  


11 That's My Jam!

Join us for some live music!  You can sing along, play along, or just enjoy the tunes!  Click here to request a song.  

All month History of the Calgary Stampede

Summer in Calgary is a staple, not only for our community but for travellers from other parts of the world!  Learn more about the Stampede and its history.

8 That's My Jam!

Join us for some live music!  You can sing along, play along, or just enjoy the tunes!  Click here to request a song.  

All month Music Around the World

Something anyone around the world can connect about is music!  Drop by the IC to learn about some instruments and types of music from around the world!  

Teach Your Talent: Learner led workshops


Workshops delivered at the Intercultural Centre


ICan Crew learner volunteers

IC Learner Insights: Share ideas with your peers

Alexis Saulteaux

"I find that volunteering is important to help grow as a person. I started because I needed a change. It has helped me to step outside of my comfort zone."

Alexis Saulteaux

ICan Crew Volunteer, Aboriginal Upgrading Program
ICan Crew 2022 Stampede 3

Intercultural Centre

Bow Valley College
North Campus, Room N322
345 - 6 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2G 4V1


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